McMaster Confirms May’s Comments About Trump’s Scotland Yard Tweet Not Being Based on Intelligence

On Sunday morning, ABC’s “This Week” aired host George Stephanopoulos’s new interview from Friday with British Prime Minister Theresa May. The moment that got the most promotion from the network saw May dismissing President Donald Trump’s tweet about the perpetrators behind the recent London attack being “in the sights of Scotland Yard”:

“I don’t think it’s helpful for anyone to speculate on what is an ongoing investigation,” she said. “The police and the security services are doing the work necessary to discover the full circumstances of this cowardly attack that’s taken place, and to identify all those who are responsible.”

On Sunday’s edition of “This Week,” Stephanopoulos followed up the May interview footage with a new, in-studio interview with National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster. Stephanopoulos pressed McMaster on where Trump got the information in his tweet. Initially, McMaster said it’s “not surprising” that law enforcement would be watching terrorist groups.

“But not these individuals,” responded Stephanopoulos. “But to be clear, the president did not know from any intelligence he had that Scotland Yard had these perpetrators in their sights, did he?”

“Well, as I’ve said, what he’s meaning to communicate is that we look at these organizations every day,” McMaster answered, giving what amounted to a long “no” answer. “We try to map these organizations every day.”

Watch the video below, courtesy of ABC News.

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